The government has no plans to introduce so-called "vaccine passports" once a Covid vaccine starts to be rolled out.
Cabinet office minister Michael Gove told Sky News the public would not need a vaccine passport to go to the pub or sporting events.
When pressed by presenter Kate Burley, Gove said: "I certainly am not planning to introduce any vaccine passports, and I don’t know anyone else in government [who is]."
Gove comments, however, came in reference to domestic activities, and it is still unclear at this stage whether some kind of proof of vaccination may yet be required for international travel, although this could ultimately depend on other countries’ entry requirements.
The Telegraph at the weekend reported vaccine passport stamps were under consideration by the Department for Transport after the issue was raised in parliament last week.
It comes after Australian carrier Qantas was the first of several airlines to intimate it would likely require people to provide proof of vaccination before they are allowed to board.
Iata, meanwhile, is working on a digital travel pass initiative to verify people’s Covid status before they travel.
A health corridor scheme was piloted by the Canary Islands in the summer, linking a negative Covid test result to a digital health app or passport.
Gove also said he hoped England’s return to a tiered system of Covid restrictions when the country emerges from a state of national lockdown at midnight on Wednesday (2 December) would ensure there would be no need for a third national lockdown.